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2015-01-29

Elvis the King

Doug White

The photo is of one of my feline friends named Elvis. I named the cat Elvis in honor of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because she shakes, rattles and rolls. She is a wonderfully fun cat.
I know I could have named her Elvira because of the cat's gender. However, that's the way "the mop flops" as my late Uncle Charles "Fuzzy" Coker would have put it. Elvis she is.
Anyhow, I heard on the news that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 8 Jan 15. Amazing how time flies. He passed away 16 Aug 77 at the age of 42.
The day he passed away, I was stationed at Osan AB in Korea assigned to the 2146th Com. Group. I was enjoying a nice special order hamburger with great fries in the base chow hall. A loud speaker in the dining hall announced his passing.
I was about to take another bite out of that wonderful hamburger and just froze for a minute. Then I gently put the burger down. I could not finish eating.
I grew up enjoying his music. He was indeed the King of Rock and Roll!
Later on that day, my roommate, MSgt Dennis Potts, and I decided to go down town to take our minds off of Elvis's passing. We could not believe what we saw in the local village. There were freshly painted oil paintings of the King.
Gee, some of the oils were still wet! Some of the art was very well done and some not so much. To this day, I don't know why we didn't purchase any of them. I did, however, purchase a record album of his music that day 38 years ago! And I am very glad I did.
To this day, Elvis Presley's music lives on with that magnificent voice.